Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Enrollment & Student Services Division and the Athletics Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications is a 10-month, full-time position (cyclic) that has the primary responsibility in assisting to communicate the goals and brand of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, with the goals and vision in mind of Western Washington University. The position will help promote the athletic department through digital media, graphic design, social media, feature stories and media relations effort that share the stories of the 15 intercollegiate sports and over 300 student-athletes and coaches, with the goal of increasing public participation and support in local, state and national recognition of Viking Athletics. The position will also assist with event management pertaining to sports information, serve as a primary contact for programs and will be encouraged to make independent decisions when publicizing WWU Athletics.
Possession of a bachelor's degree.
Competent with computer technology related to sports information.
Ability to handle multiple tasks on deadline.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability and commitment to effectively working with faculty, staff and student athletes of diverse social identities and backgrounds
Possession of a bachelor’s or master's degree in journalism, communications, sports management, marketing, public relations or closely related field.
Sports Information background, knowledge and experience.
Social and Digital Media knowledge as it pertains to promoting athletic programs.
Basic understanding of StatCrew applications or similar statistical tracking software.
Video editing and interview capability for digital media content.
Experience working with coaches and student-athletes.
Media Relations and Sports Marketing experience.
Knowledge of AP style.
Experience in video editing with Adobe Premier or similar software program.
Experience in graphic design.
Expressed commitment to NCAA legislation and compliance.
Commensurate with experience including an excellent benefits package.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications, including your demonstrated ability and commitment to effectively working with faculty, staff and student athletes of diverse social identities and backgrounds.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins June 26, 2019; position is open until filled.
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); email@example.com
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.